The Wire 3/9/2008 -30- Series Finale (Spoilers)

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  1. Mar 15, 2008 #81 of 105
    jradosh

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    I just rewatched the last ep and the only mention of McNulty's retirement was at the homeless shelter in Richmond where he said "well, I used to be" (Baltimore PD). Other than that, the wake could have been his send-off to the waterfront (since in that scene Lester was the only one that said "well, now I'm out of the game" (or something to that effect).

    Second viewing of the ep was still great, and as with all "The Wire" episodes, I got more out of the second viewing than out of the first.
     
  2. Mar 17, 2008 #82 of 105
    flatcurve

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    I'm sure they'll still be replaying it when I sign back up in June. :D
     
  3. Mar 19, 2008 #83 of 105
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    ClutchBrake

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    McNulty retired. In his speech Landsman specifically mentioned that McNulty was a cop for 13 years and that it wasn't enough for a pension.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2008 #85 of 105
    Turtleboy

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    Great article by David Simon, which really explains quite a bit..

    The Wire's Final Season and the Story Everyone Missed
     
  6. Mar 24, 2008 #86 of 105
    jradosh

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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Yeah, which I guess is kind of understandable, but...

    The Wire was renowned for being the most subtle, complicated show on television for years. He seems to be upset because in the fifth season, suddenly the subtlety and complexity zoomed over viewers' heads. On the one hand, I can see his point--during the season I was a bit surprised that people were responding to the surface of the show and assuming that nothing else was going on, which given the show's history seemed pretty unfair. On the other, the fact that suddenly all that zooming was going on where it hadn't before (or at least before people recognized that something deeper was going on, even if they didn't necessarily pick up on the details) suggests that the writers let the viewers down. Perhaps Chase is so deeply rooted in the newspaper tradition that he didn't understand we might not see the business through the same eyes as he did, and thus not understand the fifth season in the same way he wanted us to.

    It was always a show that demanded very close attention, but in the fifth season, judging from that article, it also demanded insider knowledge about how newspapers operated in the past and in the present. I suspect that rewatching the show on DVD in light of his comments will make the fifth season seem even more brilliant (and I already liked it a lot when it was on).
     
  8. Mar 30, 2008 #88 of 105
    rscar627

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    I'm a little late to the party, as usual, but I just finished watching the finale of The Wire. As many have said before me, an excellent series which I will miss. I think this episode showed that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Life continues.
     
  9. Mar 30, 2008 #89 of 105
    Mike20878

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    I was looking at the Wire page at epguides.com (http://www.epguides.com/wire/) and this is weird... They list as "bad guys" Bubbles and Phelan.
     
  10. Mar 31, 2008 #90 of 105
    BobB

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    Despite the label that list is really more cops vs. others than good vs. bad. Besides, for most of the series Bubbles was an active junkie, and accidentally killed his friend while trying to murder someone else.
     
  11. Mar 31, 2008 #91 of 105
    mwhip

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    Plus they were copper thieves and would scam people like when they faked getting hit by the truck or photocopied money for dope.
     
  12. Apr 1, 2008 #92 of 105
    Mike20878

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    Well, I kinda saw them as victims of the drug trade.
     
  13. Apr 1, 2008 #93 of 105
    mwhip

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    I'll try and remember that if the drug fiends come and take my copper in my air conditioner.
     
  14. Apr 2, 2008 #94 of 105
    Mabes

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    teknikel

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    Mike20878

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  17. Apr 2, 2008 #97 of 105
    Mabes

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    Forgive me for missing it. [post edited to avoid being banned]
     
  18. Apr 2, 2008 #98 of 105
    teknikel

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    why do you have to be a dick about it?. I just pointed it out. It was forgiven. But, your last comment is not.
     
  19. Apr 2, 2008 #99 of 105
    Mabes

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    You put in a rolleyes symbol and I'm being a dick?
     
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